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ELECTRICS AND FIBRE OPTICS

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Facts about Electricity

  • Electric current is measured in amperes (amps) whilst electric potential energy is measured in volts
  • Electricity travels at 300,000 km per second
  • Electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground
  • A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts
  • In 1879 Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb
  • In 1890 the first windmill produced electricity in Denmark
  • Alessandro Volta invented the battery in the 1800s which led to the term ‘volt’ being chosen for the unit of electric potential energy
  • The most powerful power station is the Itaipu power station on the Paraná River near the Brazil/Paraguay border, opened in 1984
  • The world' s first nuclear power plant in Russia started generating electricity in 1954
  • In 1881, the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply, was Godalming in Surrey (Engineering Timeline)


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